Wednesday, 20 March, 2019

Michael Cohen's longtime business associate strikes deal to cooperate with investigators

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko and US President Donald Trump wait for a meeting at the Palace Hotel during the 72nd United Nations General Assembly Ukraine Denies Paying Trump Lawyer for White House Meeting
Jeannette Daniel | 25 May, 2018, 01:44

Federal prosecutors in NY are investigating Mr Cohen for possible bank and tax fraud, possible campaign law violations and perhaps other matters related to Mr Trump's presidential campaign.

Evgeny A. Freidman, a key business associate of Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty to a minor tax evasion charge, and agreed to cooperate fully with the government's investigation.

Cohen continued to deny a partnership in his tweet, writing that he is "one of thousands of medallion owners who entrust management companies to operate".

Mr. Trump's lawyers have been resigned to the strong possibility that the investigation of Mr. Cohen's businesses could lead him to cooperate with federal prosecutors. The person wasn't authorized to publicly discuss it and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Earlier this morning, Manafort and his attorneys filed a request to block any and all evidence seized during the raids of Michael Cohen's home, office, and hotel room in order to prevent their presentation in court.

Freidman got five years of probation for pleading guilty Tuesday to a single count of evading $50,000 worth of taxes.

Trump attorney Michael Cohen denied he was paid by the Ukraine to arrange an Oval Office meeting between its president and Donald Trump.

US President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen leaves the US Courthouse in New York
US President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen leaves the US Courthouse in New York

On Tuesday, Freidman agreed to pay restitution and judgments totaling $5 million to NY state.

Sater is a convicted criminal associate of the Russian mob in NY and co-led Bayrock-Sapir, a real estate firm closely associated with Trump, to which Trump turned in his exploration of potential construction contracts in Moscow.

Freidman also denied that his own legal situation had anything to do with the NY state criminal investigation into Cohen's business dealings, saying he hates "that I have been grouped in this runaway train that I am not a part of!" "Freidman pocketed money that should have provided much-needed investment in our transit system - and now he'll have to pay back every cent".

Giuliani, who met with Poroshenko in Ukraine late previous year, said he did not know anything of such payments to Cohen and said he was still getting caught up on the story.

Cohen is facing some legal troubles of his own. So we all know how this guy feels about these investigations. You basically couldn't be involved in the taxi business in New York City without dealing with "Gene" Freidman.

Friedman's attorney, Patrick Egan, declined to discuss whether Friedman's plea spells trouble for Cohen.

"This is me taking responsibility for my actions and has nothing to do w/mc", Friedman wrote to the newspaper.

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